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Careful preparation needed before pregnancy

  • Beryliana Maya

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Jakarta   /   Sat, November 30, 2019   /  10:22 am
Careful preparation needed before pregnancy Being pregnant is not a competition and it should not be rushed after marriage. Couples should understand all the necessary preparations needed before conception and before the baby’s birth. Eventually, prepared pregnancies contribute to a nation’s development of high-quality human resources. (JP/-)

In Indonesia, we face the unspoken culture that being pregnant for women is a duty to be accomplished after marriage as if the marriage is incomplete without babies delivered after the wedding. Pregnancies are used as an instrument to measure a couple’s happiness, and our society commands that the newlyweds should not wait to put a bun in the oven. Such pressure usually comes from the family, particularly parents, friends or even the woman’s own partner. Families are desperate to continue their lineage, while couples believe that a baby can strengthen their marriage. In fact, being pregnant is not as simple as people think. Pregnancy is a condition that brings complex disruptions to a woman’s body. Fluctuating hormones change one’s physiology and provoke imbalances in the body’s chemistry. Being pregnant puts every woman in danger and, bluntly said, close...

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